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Jan – Mar 2017


WELCOME ‘Last year is dead they seem to say, Begin afresh, afresh, afresh’

BOX OFFICE 01732 304241

ONLINE BOOKING www.tonbridgearts.com boxoffice@tonbridge-school.org  /emforstertheatre  @emftheatre

The Box Office is open 9.30am - 2.30pm Monday - Friday (term time only) and one hour before our shows. Tickets can be reserved for up to five days after which they will be released for sale. For group bookings, terms and conditions and further enquiries please check our website or contact the Box Office.

Parking for the theatre is at Tonbridge School Centre or in nearby town car parks.

Philip Larkin ‘The Trees’ Fresh beginnings are often associated with New Year and if your decision is to take more of an active role in engaging with the world of the Arts, can I commend you on your decision. The Arts Committee are more than confident that the range, choice and quality of our Lent Term programme will more than meet your needs and we will be delighted to welcome you to the EM Forster Theatre. Larkin’s poem seems to suggest that not all changes are as clean cut as may seem on the surface and just as the Michaelmas Term ended with a pantomime, our New Year programme opens with Aladdin, which will surely help the joy of the festive season linger on a little longer. Elsewhere on stage, it is our pleasure to offer you more NT Live productions than last year, with No Man’s Land, St Joan, Hedda Gabler and Amadeus all being played at the theatre. In the spirit of collecting quality products, our Arts programme and exhibitions features a talk from Valerie Woodgate, from Tate Modern exploring why we collect in The Art of Collecting which prefaces our major exhibition this term ‘Recollection’ in OBS which explores the power of the object in our modern digital world. Jay Rayner, acclaimed food critic of The Observer, visits us in January to deliver his 10 (Food) Commandments which will include a Q&A session and book signing, whilst Dr Sean McEvoy will offer us in an insight into the mind of arguably Shakespeare’s greatest character in a talk, Hamlet (in) Action. Musically the programme builds over the term starting with the Allan Bunney concert before the excellent school symphony orchestra performs Brahms Symphony Number 2 in D Major, in what is ever a popular event in the school calendar. These are soon followed by New Sussex Opera who will perform A Village Romeo and Juliet: Delius, in the original English, before the season ends in a whirl of movement and grace as we once more welcome Ballet Central in early April. Our popular Comedy nights, our Children’s shows in Room on the Broom and Christopher Nibble, are not to be missed either, so please do book early to avoid disappointment. It is impossible to cover all the content of a jam-packed programme in this welcome page, so please do read on and discover what delights we have in store for you. I look forward to seeing you. .

When you book via the Box Office please let us know if you have any additional requirements which would make your visit more enjoyable.

John Bleakley Chair Tonbridge Arts Committee


JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

THU 5TH – SUN 8TH

THU 2ND

WED 1ST

EMF Theatre Thu, Fri 7pm Sat 2pm & 7pm Sun 12pm & 4pm

EMF Theatre 7.00pm

Cawthorne Lecture Theatre 7.30pm

ALADDIN

WED 11TH

NO MAN’S LAND – NT ENCORE EMF Theatre 7.00pm FRI 13TH

TONBRIDGE COMEDY NIGHTS EMF Studio 7.30pm

THU 19TH – SUN 5TH FEB

MATERIALISE The Tunnel Gallery

AMADEUS – NT LIVE

EMF Studio 7.30pm

EMF Theatre 7.00pm

SUN 26TH

SAT 11TH

FRIDAY 3RD

TONBRIDGE COMEDY NIGHTS

CHRISTOPHER NIBBLE EMF Studio 11.30am & 2.30pm THU 16TH

…AND THIS IS MY FRIEND MR LAUREL EMF Studio 7.30pm

FRANKENSTEIN

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE EMF Theatre 7.30pm THU 9TH

HEDDA GABLER – NT LIVE EMF Theatre 7.00pm FRI 10TH

TONBRIDGE COMEDY NIGHTS EMF Studio 7.30pm

THU 23RD – SUN 12TH MAR

SAT 11TH & SUN 12TH

FRI 20TH

Tunnel Gallery

EMF Theatre Saturday 11th 4pm, Sunday 12th 11.30am & 1.30pm

EMF Theatre 7.30pm TUE 31ST

THE ART OF COLLECTING – VALERIE WOODGATE

Cawthorne Lecture Theatre 7.30pm

MON 20TH

LA DISPUTE

SAINT JOAN – NT ENCORE

EMF Theatre 7.30pm

JAY RAYNER

Chapel of St Augustine 7.30pm

FRI 10TH

RECOLLECTION Old Big School Gallery

SYMPHONY CONCERT

THU 2ND

WED 22ND SAT 21ST – SUN 5TH MAR

HAMLET IN ACTION

FRI 17TH

BUILT

SUN 26TH

ALLAN BUNNEY CONCERT Chapel of St Augustine 8.15pm

ROOM ON THE BROOM

EMF Studio 7.30pm

A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET: DELIUS EMF Theatre 4pm

APRIL SAT 1ST

BALLET CENTRAL EMF Theatre 7.30pm


Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th January

ALADDIN

Look to the skies for the magic carpet ride of your life! Oh yes it is – The Talentz festive panto is coming to town! Join Widow Twankey, Aladdin and Wishee Washee at the EM Forster Theatre as they get set to take on the wicked Abanazar, rub magic lamps aplenty and ensure everyone gets the happy ending they deserve. Brought to you by a team of top industry experts and featuring one of the best live bands in the country, Aladdin features a 70-strong cast bursting with talent, complete with stunning sets, colourful costumes and fantastic flying. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now for Aladdin! It’s going to be genie-us, oh yes it is!

EMF THEATRE Thu, Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm Sun 12pm & 4pm

£15 full, £12 concession, £48 family and £10 group rate

Wednesday 11th January

NO MAN’S LAND NT ENCORE Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

EMF THEATRE

7.00pm

£14, £12 conc


Thursday January 19th Sunday 5th February

Friday 13th January Friday 10th February Friday 10th March

MATERIALISE

TONBRIDGE COMEDY NIGHTS

An exhibition of Novi pupils’ work. The Novi’s exhibition celebrates the great diversity of creative talent and showcases their visual work. Utilising a broad range of materials and processes including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography and sculpture.

Our monthly comedy night returns following sell-out shows. Featuring some of the top comedians on the circuit. Names confirmed so far include Russell Hicks, Steve Best and Mark Simmons. Check the website for up to date details of comedians for each event. 16+

EMF STUDIO

7.30pm

£12

TUNNEL GALLERY

Mon – Fri – 9.30am 5.00pm Sat 9.30am – 1.00pm

All welcome


Saturday 21st January – Sunday 5th March

RECOLLECTION Private collections; from pencils to Picasso

Recollection explores the power of the object in a digital age, and the myriad meanings that objects can hold for the people who collect them. It brings together 18 private collections, some being seen by the public for the very first time. Drawing upon the tradition of the ‘cabinet of curiosity’ the Gallery becomes a twenty first century wonder room that includes collections from students, staff, parents, OTs, and the wider community. Classic vintage projectors, early twentieth century Tonbridge School memorabilia, toys, masks and random notes found in the street, sit alongside ceramics, prints and sculptures made by contemporary artists. Blurring the boundaries between art and life, Recollection presents both a collection of objects and a collection of the stories that accompany them..

Friday 20th January

THE TEN (FOOD) COMMANDMENTS BY JAY RAYNER The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner has decided it’s time to act. So join our very own culinary Moses in this audio-visual romp as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land. He’ll explain why thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why thou should most definitely worship leftovers and why thou must celebrate the stinkiest of foods. Plus he’ll invite thee to honour thy pig - and so much more besides. Join the chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet as he sets out to provide hilarious guidance on the very best way to eat now. Includes Q&A and book signing. 14+

Image: collection of Grace and Ruby Biddle

OLD BIG SCHOOL GALLERY

All welcome

EMF THEATRE

7.30pm

£15


Tuesday 31st January

Thursday 2nd February

THE ART OF COLLECTING

AMADEUS NT LIVE

OBS Gallery will be open to view Recollection from 6.45pm

Music. Power. Jealousy.

Valerie Woodgate explores the ideas raised in the exhibition Recollection and the ways in which many great museums owe their existence and diversity to the enthusiasm of collectors.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

In the modern era some very unusual collections have resulted in the creation of surprising works of art. This includes collections of objects found on the Thames at low tide, or in the street, old clothes, bottle tops, childhood memorabilia, musical instruments, boot sale bric-a-brac and much more. Artists include Grayson Perry, Louise Bourgeois, Cornelia Parker, Tony Cragg, Peter Blake and many others.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

Valerie Woodgate is a lecturer and guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and NADFAS.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

Picture credit: Gina Glover

CAWTHORNE LECTURE THEATRE 7.30pm

All Welcome

(Please book in advance)

EMF THEATRE

7.00pm

£14, £12 conc


Saturday 11th February

Thursday 16th February

CHRISTOPHER NIBBLE

AND THIS IS MY FRIEND MR LAUREL ...

The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over town. Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day? Written especially for children aged 2-7 Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pig’s selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious dandelion forever!

Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang M’Lord?) stars in this one-man show about friendship, memories and the remarkable lives of Laurel and Hardy. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel’s visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century. ‘spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny.’ The Stage HHHH ‘Simple, smart and sublimely performed’ Broadway Baby

EMF STUDIO

11.30am & 2.30pm

£8

EMF STUDIO

7.30pm

£14, £12 conc


Wednesday 22nd February

Sunday 26th February

BLACKEYED THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH HILL PARK PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

FRANKENSTEIN

ALLAN BUNNEY CONCERT Rachmaninov Vespers Canticum. Mark Forkgen Conductor

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” Geneva. 1816. Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond. A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality. From the team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula comes a fresh, exciting telling of Shelley’s landmark work of romantic, gothic and science fiction literature. “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage

Tonbridge School Director of Music, Mark Forkgen, has just completed 20 years as Music Director of London-based chamber choir, Canticum. In recent years the choir has been praised by The Times for its “Eloquent singing and sumptuous beauty” as well as its “impeccable intonation and blend” and BBC Radio 3 Record Review for the “polish and refinement of the singing”. The programme will feature just one work, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, widely acknowledged as the masterpiece Russian Orthodox Choral Music.The piece uses texts from the all night vigil ceremony with movements based on different styles of Orthodox Chant. These are developed with a symphonic breadth and depth, perfectly suited to the Chapel’s acoustics. The celebrated choral writing includes the famous low bass line or “basso profundo”.

11+ www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk EMF THEATRE

7.30pm

£15, £13 conc

Mon – Fri – 9.30am 5.00pm CHAPELGALLERY OF ST AUGUSTINE 8.15pm TUNNEL Sat 9.30am – 1.00pm

Free All welcome

Please book in advance


Thursday 29th February – Sunday 12th March

Wednesday 1st March

An exhibition of Second Year pupils’ work exploring the theme of ‘The Built Environment’.

Dr Sean McEvoy will talk about Shakespeare’s hero as a man whose deeds (or lack of them) show the pressure of his time, and maybe also have something to say to us today.

BUILT

The exhibition is a great opportunity for these boys to showcase and reflect on their creative journey as they begin to investigate and interpret ‘The Built Environment’ in their own personal way.

HAMLET IN ACTION

Dr Sean McEvoy is the author of Shakespeare: The Basics and Hamlet: A Sourcebook. He teaches at Varndean College, Brighton and is a visiting lecturer at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. His latest book is Theatrical Unrest: Ten Riots in the History of the Stage, 1601-2004 For school bookings contact Box Office on 01732 304241

TUNNEL GALLERY

All welcome

CAWTHORNE LECTURE THEATRE

7.30pm

£5


Thursday 2nd March

Thursday 9th March

Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

“I’ve no talent for life.”

HEDDA GABLER NT LIVE

SAINT JOAN NT ENCORE

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

EMF THEATRE

7.00pm

£14, £12 conc

EMF THEATRE

7.00pm

£14, £12 conc


Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March

Friday 17th March

Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom!

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major Tonbridge School Symphony Orchestra

ROOM ON THE BROOM

Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers - a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears! Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the Olivier-nominated show that’s toured Britain and the world! HHHH Sunday Times HHHH Time Out Critic’s Choice www.roomonthebroomlive.com EMF THEATRE

Saturday 4pm, Sunday 11.30am, 1.30pm

£11 groups 10+ £8.50

SYMPHONY CONCERT

Brahms worked on his 1st Symphony for fourteen years.The rich, wistful melodies he had become known for were certainly there, but the brooding key of C minor gave the work a rather sombre mood. He certainly felt the weight of Beethoven on his shoulders and the work’s similarities with the old German master led to its nickname “Beethoven’s 10th”. It’s not surprising, then, that many expected his second attempt at a symphony to inhabit a similar sound-world. Brahms himself stoked such beliefs, telling his publisher that the work ‘is so melancholy... you will not be able to bear it’. However, Brahms was, quite simply, pulling his publisher’s leg. He knew all too well that his Symphony No.2 was full of warmth, brimming with optimism and overflowing with lush, joyful melodies.This is Brahms at his most lyrical, flirtatious and, in some sections, victorious. He’d waited years to compose symphonies – but the wait was definitely worth it. CHAPEL OF ST AUGUSTINE

7.30pm

Free

Please book in advance


Saturday 1st April

NEW SUSSEX OPERA PRESENT

A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET: DELIUS Live opera, sung in the original English Lee Reynolds conductor, Susannah Waters director, Anna Driftmier designer Kantanti Ensemble orchestra, NSO Chorus Luke Sinclair, Kirsty Taylor-Stokes, Ian Beadle, Geoffrey Moses, Robert Gildon

A noir twist on the much-loved tale, set to sumptuous late romantic music. In this dark re-telling of Shakespeare’s play, childhood sweethearts Vrenchen and Sali are torn apart by their fathers’ feuding over land owned by the mysterious Dark Fiddler, who predicts revenge on anyone who tries to claim this wilderness. NSO’s hard-hitting, stripped-back production is directed by Susannah Waters, whose production of L’Etoile for NSO delighted audiences and reviewers alike. Delius’ dreamlike, romantic score contains the much-loved ‘Walk to the Paradise Garden’. Lee Reynolds conducts his own Kantanti Ensemble. EMF THEATRE

4pm

£32, £26, £15 (restricted view), £12 (students/ children)

BALLET CENTRAL

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. See the company’s young and dynamic dancers on the cusp of their professional careers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces. The repertoire for this year’s tour features work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Indigo Children by Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and a new version of the ballroom scene from Romeo & Juliet by former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. It also includes a specially created work by Christopher Bruce, as well as excerpts from Petipa’s La Bayadere and The Nutcracker. The tour will also feature a scene from Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink from the original production directed by Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre in 1996. This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers at the peak of their training as they launch their professional careers. EMF THEATRE

7.30pm

£15, £13, £10 group booking

Image: Bill Cooper

Sunday 26th March


MUSIC & THEATRE EVENTS LENT TERM 2017 Thursday 12th January

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

L6th A LEVEL PERFORMANCES Extracts from Trojan Women and Love & Information EM FORSTER STUDIO

7.00pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Wednesday 18th January

CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL RECITAL ROOM

7.30pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Tuesday 31st January Friday 3rd March 7.30pm A fantastic evening of entertainment you won’t want to miss! Acts from all over Kent hosted at the E M Forster Theatre.

U6th A2 DEVISED PERFORMANCE EM FORSTER STUDIO

7.00pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Friday 3rd February

LA DISPUTE Hoghead presents

BY MARIVAUX

Monday 20th March EMF Theatre 7.30pm £10

2nd YEAR SCHOLARS’ CONCERT RECITAL ROOM

7.30pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Wednesday 8th February

IGCSE PERFORMANCES RECITAL RECITAL ROOM

7.30pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Thursday 23rd February

PRE-U PERFORMANCES RECITAL RECITAL ROOM

7.30pm

Free

No need to book in advance

Tuesday 14th March

GCSE DRAMA SCRIPTED PERFORMANCES EM FORSTER STUDIO

7.30pm

Free

No need to book in advance


SUMMER HIGHLIGHT – EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED

“The undisputed queen of TV history” Guardian 2015

Friday 19th May 7.30pm

LUCY WORSLEY AT HOME WITH JANE AUSTEN HILDEN GRANGE SCHOOL proudly presents

MOSTLY MOZART TONBRIDGE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY CHORAL & ORCHESTRAL CONCERT Conductor Matthew Willis

25 MARCH 2017, 7.30PM CHAPEL OF ST AUGUSTINE CONCERT PROGRAMME Cherubini Overture in G Mozart Piano Concerto 22 in Eb with soloist Marina Koka winner of 2014 Tunbridge Wells International Young artist competition Mozart Requiem

22 & 23 MARCH, 7.30PM Adult tickets £7.50 Children £5.50. Tickets from Tonbridge School Box Office

Tickets £15 Adults, £14 Senior citizens over 60, £7 students From E M Forster Theatre box office (booking fee applies)

or www.tonphil.org.uk/tickets.


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Tonbridge Arts Brochure Jan - Mar 2017  

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